Riley & Son
Riley & Son (E) Ltd, is a railway locomotive engineering and refurbishment company. Founded in 1992 as Ian Riley Engineering, the company has been a leader in main line steam haulage, being one of the pioneers of fitting air brake, TPWS and OTMR equipment to steam locomotives. Having originally been based at the East Lancashire Railway in Bury, in 2016 it moved to Heywood.
|Services||Railway locomotive engineering|
Spot hire companyEdit
In the early 2000s, Ian Riley Engineering operated as a spot-hire company purchasing five Class 37s diesel locomotives (37038, 37197, 37235, 37261 and 37423) from EWS. The first (37197) entered service in a brunswick green and grey livery in November 2001. All were sold in 2003/04 to Direct Rail Services and West Coast Railways.
In January 2006, work began at the National Railway Museum on an overhaul of Flying Scotsman that was expected to take 18-20 months and cost £1.6 million. However costs and timescales grew out of control and there were tensions between the museum and its contractors. In 2013 Riley & Son were awarded a contract to see the project to completion. The work was finished in 2016. Riley & Son managed the locomotive's operations for two years after the restoration.
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|Key:||In service||Under overhaul/restoration||Under repair||Withdrawn||Stored||Sold for scrap||Sold for further use|
|Number||Class||Name||Year Acquired by Riley & Son (E) Ltd||Previous Owner||Livery||Status|
|37038||37||2000||ex-EWS||Civil Engineers||Sold to Direct Rail Services in 2003, where it is currently operational.|
|37073||37||2003||ex-EWS||Trans-Rail||Scrapped in 2003.|
|37197||37||2000||ex-EWS||IRE Two Tone Green||Scrapped by Direct Rail Services in 2012.|
|37235||37||2002||ex-EWS||Trainload Grey||Scrapped by Harry Needle Railroad Company in 2008.|
|37261||37||2001||ex-EWS||BR Green||Sold to WCRC in 2004; then onto Direct Rail Services, where it has since been stripped for spares. Sold to The Scottish Thirty Seven Group for long-term restoration and moved from Barrow Hill to Bo'ness in July 2015.|
|37334||37||2001||ex-EWS||Railfreight Distribution||Scrapped by CF Booth Limited in 2005.|
|37423||37||2003||ex-EWS||Trans-Rail||Sold to WCRC in 2004; then onto Direct Rail Services, where it is currently operational.|
|37518||37||Fort William/An Gearasdan||2011||Steven Beniston||Intercity Swallow||Mainline operational - Sold to WCRC in 2013.|
|35009||SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2||Shaw Savill||ex-Woodham Brothers||Stored dismantled. Riley has now taken on the restoration, expected to be restored to British Railways Express Passenger Blue.|
|35018||SR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2||British India Line||Jeremy Hosking||Sold to David Smith at West Coast Railways at Carnforth and is mainline operational.|
|44871||LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0||Previously "Sovereign"||2007||The Beet Family (Dr Peter Beet)||BR Lined Mixed-Traffic Black, Early emblem||Mainline operational. Appears on rail tours such as The Jacobite.|
|45212||LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0||-||BR Lined Mixed-Traffic Black, Late crest||Operational. On a 10-year loan agreement which will see it operate on the national network.|
|45407||LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0||The Lancashire Fusilier||1997||Paddy Smith||BR Lined Mixed-Traffic Black, Early emblem||Mainline operational. Appears on rail tours such as The Jacobite.|
|47298||LMS Fowler Class 3F||2012||Major Hugh Parker||BR Lined Mixed-Traffic Black, Early emblem||Undergoing slow overhaul|
|60103||LNER Gresley Class A3||Flying Scotsman||-||-||BR Lined Green, Late crest||Mainline operational. On 2 year loan from the National Railway Museum after her restoration was completed by Ian Riley's team in Bury.|
|76079||BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0||1998||Derek Foster||BR Lined Mixed-Traffic Black, Early emblem||Sold to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 27 August 2009. Currently operational at the NYMR and mainline certified for use between Grosmont and Whitby with occasional visits to Battersby.|
- Regional News Rail issue 797 30 March 2016 page 25
- Ian Riley acquires a fifth Class 37 Rail issue 440 24 July 2002 page 61
- Riley Engineering launches image on 37 Rail issue 423 28 November 2001 page 17
- Riley pulls out of diesel spot-hire market - four 37s for sale Rail issue 468 20 August 2003 page 61
- Riley sells 37s to WCRC Rail issue 488 26 May 2004 page 23
- "National Railway Museum reveals just how much its cost taxpayers to return Flying Scotsman to operation". rail.co.uk. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "About - Flying Scotsman". National Railway Museum.
- "Flying Scotsman: A colossus of British engineering reborn". The Daily Telegraph. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "Restoring the nation's favourite: Bury rail yard working to repair the Flying Scotsman". Manchester Evening News.
- "Full steam ahead as Flying Scotsman set to return to mainline by end of 2015". The Guardian. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "The Saint Project". 2999 Lady of Legend. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
- "The Railway Magazine - Volume 152 - Page 65".